In the recently concluded Pokemon Direct, The Pokemon Company and Game Freak announced today that Pokemon Sword and Shield will be getting an Expansion that comes in two parts.
The Expansion for Pokemon Sword and Shield will feature two expansions that will be out in June and sometime this Fall. Fans can look forward to new Pokemon, new characters to meet, and of course new areas. The Expansion Pass will retail for $29.99.
Gamers who will purchase the Season Pass for either game will receive a special bonus. Upon purchase, players will be able to receive a Pikachu Uniform and an Eevee Uniform. Fans will be able to wear these outfits in the expansions but also in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Find below more information of Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, via The Pokemon Company:
THE POKÃ‰MON SWORD EXPANSION PASS AND POKÃ‰MON SHIELD EXPANSION PASS
Trainers will be able to jump right into their new adventures with the same save data they have been using to play PokÃ©mon Sword or PokÃ©mon Shield. They will also be able to begin exploring the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra at almost any point in the main games. Whether a Trainer has just recently started their adventure in the Galar region or is well along the path to becoming Champion, they will be able to enjoy the new content as soon as itâ€™s released.1
The Isle of Armor is scheduled to be released by the end of June 2020, and The Crown Tundra in the fall of 2020. The PokÃ©mon Sword Expansion Pass and PokÃ©mon Shield Expansion Pass, which include both sets of content, will be available for pre-purchase for a suggested retail price of $29.99 starting later today, January 9, 2020. Both expansions will include a new area to explore, newly discoverable PokÃ©mon, clothing items, handy features, and more. In addition, fans can receive a special bonus when purchasing the Expansion Pass: a Pikachu Uniform and an Eevee Uniform. Fans will be able to receive the Pikachu and Eevee Uniforms in PokÃ©mon Sword or PokÃ©mon Shield by using codes that they will receive after they purchase the Expansion Pass.
The Isle of Armor
In this expansion, Trainers will head to the Isle of Armor, the stage of a new adventure in the Galar region. The Isle of Armor is a giant island full of environments not seen in Galar before. There players will find wave-swept beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes. There are also plenty of PokÃ©mon that make this island their home, living freely amid the lush natural surroundings. Thereâ€™s even a dojo here that specializes in some very particular training styles. Trainers and their PokÃ©mon will take up an apprenticeship under the master of this dojo and train hard to become even stronger.
The Crown Tundra
This expansion is set in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra. The Crown Tundra features a beautiful shining, silvery landscape. In this frigid area, with its jagged winter mountains, people live in small communities where they support and rely on one another. A certain person will appoint the player as the leader of their exploration team in the Crown Tundra, where Trainers will be tasked with investigating the reaches of this frozen land. Here, Trainers will be able to explore the full depth of PokÃ©mon Dens, which theyâ€™ve so far only been able to glimpse in Max Raid Battles.
NEWLY DISCOVERED POKÃ‰MON
Category: Wushu PokÃ©mon
Weight: 26.5 lbs.
Ability: Inner Focus
Kubfu will appear in The Isle of Armor. This PokÃ©mon is hardworking and strives to train both its body and mind. It uses each defeat as motivation, training itself with even more vigor after a loss in order to grow stronger. It has an organ that produces â€œfighting energyâ€ in its lower abdomen, and before heading into battle, Kubfu will increase this energy through unique breathing techniques and intense focus. Wild Kubfu live in mountainous areas far away from the Galar region, but it was once a species that called Galar its home. Itâ€™s noted in historical texts that this species used to head to uncharted lands with people as they set out to trade or explore. Records suggest that the Kubfu living in faraway mountains today may have descended from Kubfu that became naturalized to the distant lands they visited in their journeys.
Urshifu (Single Strike Style) Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style)
Category: Wushu PokÃ©mon Category: Wushu PokÃ©mon
Type: Fighting/Dark Type: Fighting/Water
Height: 6’3″ Height: 6’3″
Weight: 231.5 lbs. Weight: 231.5 lbs.
Ability: Unseen Fist Ability: Unseen Fist
Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu after it has undergone sufficient training. It seems that Urshifu has two formsâ€”a Single Strike Style and a Rapid Strike Styleâ€”and it appears that each form has different types as well. Urshifu in Single Strike Style form favor battling without holding anything back. When enraged, they will mercilessly attack an opponent until it is utterly defeated. A Single Strike Style Urshifuâ€™s movements are often direct and involve rushing forward in a straight line. It will keep its distance from its opponents at first only to leap in close instantly to deliver a powerful blow. Urshifu in Rapid Strike Style form maintain a calm demeanor, observing their opponents and measuring their strength while dodging attacks. A Rapid Strike Style Urshifu will use flowing movements in battle to smoothly parry an opponentâ€™s moves and then overwhelm the opponent with a flurry of rapid strikes.
Gigantamax Urshifu (Single Strike Style) Gigantamax Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style)
Category: Wushu PokÃ©mon Category: Wushu PokÃ©mon
Type: Fighting/Dark Type: Fighting/Water
Height: 95’2″+ Height: 85’4″+
Weight: ??? lbs. Weight: ??? lbs.
Ability: Unseen Fist Ability: Unseen Fist
Single Strike Style Urshifu and Rapid Strike Style Urshifu also have Gigantamax forms. Gigantamax Single Strike Style Urshifu looks ready to bellow in fury. People call it both â€œthe very embodiment of rageâ€ and â€œa divine emissary that banishes evil spirits with its fury.â€ Gigantamax Rapid Strike Style Urshifu will quietly maintain its stance with a calm expression. When facing this PokÃ©mon, it seems some will become greatly agitated, feeling as if the very depths of their soul have been exposed. Yet others report feeling a sense of relief, as if theyâ€™d been cleansed of evil spirits.
Category: King PokÃ©mon
Weight: 17 lbs.
Trainers will encounter Calyrex in The Crown Tundra. This PokÃ©mon ruled all of Galar in ancient times. Though it appears delicate and slight, its every move is filled with grace and dignity. It also has extremely high intelligence, and itâ€™s said to see every past, present, and future event.
GIGANTAMAX FORMS OF FIRST PARTNER POKÃ‰MON FROM POKÃ‰MON SWORD AND POKÃ‰MON SHIELD
The Isle of Armor expansion will allow Trainers to help some of the PokÃ©mon traveling with them gain the ability to Gigantamax. This has led to the discovery of the Gigantamax forms for Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon, the Evolutions of the three PokÃ©mon that Trainers could choose as their first partner in the Galar region.
Category: Drummer PokÃ©mon
Weight: ??? lbs.
Rillaboomâ€™s tree-stump drum has grown rapidlyâ€”to the point that it now resembles a small forest on its own. Gigantamax Rillaboom has merged with this forest of drums and become even more powerful. It can control its sticks as if they were its own limbs and will demonstrate transcendental drumming techniques. Gigantamax Rillaboom will focus completely on playing its drums, compelled by the power welling up inside it. The sound can reach across oceans and be heard by those living in other regions. Itâ€™s said that those who hear the beat will begin to dance uncontrollably, overwhelmed by a rhythm that surges from inside them.
Category: Striker PokÃ©mon
Weight: ??? lbs.
The burning ball at Cinderaceâ€™s feet has grown to massive proportions thanks to Gigantamax energy. If Gigantamax Cinderace kicks the ball using its well-honed techniques, its fighting spirit will possess the ball and cause the ball to pursue opponents as if it had a mind of its own. Gigantamax Cinderace boasts incredible leg strengthâ€“in fact, its legs are said to rank among the strongest of all PokÃ©mon. Even without its gigantic Pyro Ball, it can deliver powerful kicking moves that overwhelm other Dynamax PokÃ©mon.
Category: Secret Agent PokÃ©mon
Weight: ??? lbs.
Inteleon has gained an extremely long tail thanks to Gigantamaxing. The tailâ€™s length is said to be over 130 feet. While Gigantamaxed, Inteleon will stretch its long tail out and hold it straight to form a pillar, and Inteleon will take up a battle position at the top. This PokÃ©mon has an incredibly sharp mind and calculates the precise effects that gravity will have on the trajectory of its shots, enabling it to be an extremely effective sniper. Inteleon has many hidden tools within its body, and these have also been enhanced due to its Gigantamaxing. The nictitating membranes on its eyes not only allow it to measure the distance to the targetâ€”they now let Inteleon detect temperature, air pressure, and even humidity. Inteleon is a skilled sniper as wellâ€”easily hitting a Berry thatâ€™s rolling around over nine miles away.
REGIONAL FORMS OF FAMILIAR POKÃ‰MON
Regional forms of certain PokÃ©mon are found in Galar. These forms have adapted to the unique environment of the Galar region and look different than the same species might look when found in other regions. These adapted forms are known as the Galarian forms of those PokÃ©mon, and it seems their behavior also differs from that of their speciesâ€™ previously discovered forms.
Category: Dopey PokÃ©mon
Weight: 79.4 lbs.
Ability: Gluttony / Own Tempo
The Slowpoke of the Galar region used to eat the seeds of a certain plant that grew in their habitat. These seeds were in fact Galarica seeds, used to this day as an essential spice for cooking in the Galar region. The Slowpoke in Galar built up particles of this spice in their bodies over several generations, eventually gaining the unique appearance and behavior they are known for today. Galarian Slowpoke spend their days wallowing on seashores and riverbanks without thinking about anything in particular. Occasionally, they might get a very sharp look in their eyes, but they will soon revert to their zoned-out expression. Itâ€™s thought that this behavior is caused by the accumulated Galarica particles stimulating Galarian Slowpokeâ€™s brain, resulting in it thinking of something tremendousâ€”only for the Galarian Slowpoke to immediately forget what it had just thought of. Galarian Slowpoke can evolve into Galarian Slowbro if a specific item that can be found on the Isle of Armor is used. It can evolve into Galarian Slowking instead if a specific item that can be found in the Crown Tundra is used.
MORE PAST POKÃ‰MON AVAILABLE TO OBTAIN IN POKÃ‰MON SWORD AND POKÃ‰MON SHIELD
Many PokÃ©mon that didnâ€™t originally appear in PokÃ©mon Sword and PokÃ©mon Shield make their homes on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. Trainers will meet a lively array of diverse PokÃ©mon, from newly discovered Legendary PokÃ©mon and new regional forms to familiar PokÃ©mon that have been seen living in other regions. Free updates are also planned for PokÃ©mon Sword and PokÃ©mon Shield to coincide with the release of these expansions. Updates are scheduled for the same days that The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions are released. Each of these updates will enable players who havenâ€™t purchased an Expansion Pass to receive PokÃ©mon that will be added via The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions through means such as trading. Players will also be able to bring over past PokÃ©mon to their games from the cloud service PokÃ©mon HOME, scheduled to launch in February 2020, as long as the PokÃ©mon appear in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions.2
Fans will be able to obtain a special training uniform in The Isle of Armor. In The Crown Tundra, Trainers can don exploration gear to prepare themselves for researching the many intriguing destinations the tundra holds. They might find a strange temple where they least expect it or a mysterious giant tree growing in a place it doesnâ€™t seem to belong.
During their adventure, Trainers will run into many interesting characters.
A man named Mustard will appear in The Isle of Armor and will be responsible for the playerâ€™s training. Heâ€™s a legendary Trainer who held the seat of Champion for an astounding 18 years, back before Dynamaxing was incorporated into the battles of the PokÃ©mon League. His record has yet to be beaten. In fact, Champion Leon himself trained under Mustard, and Mustard was the first one to recognize Leonâ€™s latent talent.
There are two new rivals that can appear in The Isle of Armor: Klara and Avery. Theyâ€™re skilled Trainers of Poison-type PokÃ©mon and Psychic-type PokÃ©mon, respectively, and theyâ€™re training hard so that they can someday set up a Gym and stadium for their own type. Trainers will face a different rival depending on which game theyâ€™re playing. Klara specializes in Poison-type PokÃ©mon and is training hard at Mustardâ€™s dojo. Sheâ€™ll do just about anything to appear adorable and cute, as popularity is what she admires most of all. She goes about her days with a smile on her face, but hiding behind it is a calculating nature that she puts to very good use. Avery is one of the Trainers who strive to become stronger at Mustardâ€™s dojo, and he is a proficient user of Psychic-type PokÃ©mon. He is gentlemanly and well-mannered but also very proud.
NEW FEATURES ADDED IN THE ISLE OF ARMOR AND THE CROWN TUNDRA
There will be over one hundred new clothing items added in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. In The Isle of Armor, Trainers will also find new items that will help them along their journey, like an Exp. Charm thatâ€™ll come in handy when leveling up their PokÃ©mon. New tutor moves that have never been available in past PokÃ©mon core series games will appear in The Isle of Armor expansion along with Restricted Sparring, where Trainers will be limited in what types of PokÃ©mon they can use and forced to battle under set conditions. In The Crown Tundra expansion, Trainers and their friends will be able to enter and explore PokÃ©mon Dens in a new gameplay feature. Deep inside these dens, theyâ€™ll have a chance to encounter Legendary PokÃ©mon from previous PokÃ©mon core series games.
Many PokÃ©mon not found in Galarâ€™s Wild Area make their home on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. Trainers will have their Galar PokÃ©dexes updated so that they can register even more PokÃ©mon as they discover them. In The Isle of Armor, players will aim to complete the Isle of Armor PokÃ©dex, while in The Crown Tundra, theyâ€™ll be working on the Crown Tundra PokÃ©dex.
There are PokÃ©mon Dens on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, just like in the Wild Area. When Trainers check out a PokÃ©mon Den that has a pillar of red light coming out of it, theyâ€™ll be able to participate in a Max Raid Battle. These are battles where the player will team up with three other Trainers to take on a Dynamax PokÃ©mon. In the PokÃ©mon Dens on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, Trainers will be able to encounter PokÃ©mon that arenâ€™t found in the Wild Area. Theyâ€™ll be able to invite friends to join these Max Raid Battlesâ€”and not just friends who are playing using the PokÃ©mon Sword Expansion Pass or PokÃ©mon Shield Expansion Pass. Players will be able to have even friends who are playing PokÃ©mon Sword or PokÃ©mon Shield without an Expansion Pass come and join them.
SNEAK PEEK AT POKÃ‰MON SWORD AND POKÃ‰MON SHIELD EXPANSION PASS AVAILABLE VIA UPDATE
Starting later today, January 9, 2020, an update will be distributed for PokÃ©mon Sword and PokÃ©mon Shield players that will allow them to experience a small slice of the Expansion Passâ€™ new content. Once theyâ€™ve received the update, players will need to head to Wedgehurst Station. There, theyâ€™ll meet a Trainer who will appear in the Expansion Pass content. In PokÃ©mon Sword, Trainers will encounter Klara, while in PokÃ©mon Shield, theyâ€™ll run into Avery. Players can even add a Galarian Slowpoke to their team. It doesnâ€™t matter whether players have purchased the Expansion Pass or notâ€”anyone whoâ€™s playing PokÃ©mon Sword or PokÃ©mon Shield will be able to experience the beginning of the Expansion Passâ€™s story.3